The 2014 NCAA tournament isn't the only ongoing event that features plenty of madness. The NIT has been just as entertaining through Friday's action.
Three No. 1 seeds remain as the tournament's Round 2 matchups commence.
No. 5 Belmont and No. 8 Robert Morris got things started on Friday, as the Colonials looked to keep their streak alive after upsetting No. 1 St. John's in Round 1. Belmont looked fantastic against Green Bay in its tournament opener, defeating the Phoenix by a score of 80-65.
Let's take a look at the final score and analysis from Friday's contest, as well as view the updated bracket and preview Saturday's schedule.
Second-Round Day 1 Recap
Belmont 82, Robert Morris 71
Robert Morris' big Round 1 win wasn't enough to propel the team to another victory, as Belmont emerged victorious by a score of 82-71 on Friday night.
Belmont wins 81-72. Robert Morris finishes 22-14. Karvel Anderson with 23 points & Anthony Myers-Pate with 14 in their final #RMU games— Andrew Chiappazzi (@achiappazzi) March 22, 2014
Guard J.J. Mann led the Bruins with a game-high 25 points and added six rebounds, two assists and three steals on the day. Mann also connected on seven of his eight free-throw attempts.
Shooting from the line was a huge factor in Belmont's success against the Colonials. The Bruins made 24 of 25 for a team percentage of 96.0.
Offense wasn't the only strong suit for the Bruins on Friday. Their defense held Robert Morris' offense to 39.4 percent from the field and forced the Colonials to attempt 29 shots from downtown in an effort to keep up.
After the game, Robert Morris guard Karvel Anderson commented on Belmont's strong team and also reflected on the Colonials' fine season, according to a tweet from Robert Morris Men's Basketball's official Twitter account:
Karvel Anderson: "Belmont is a great team. They're deep and very efficient. But this loss, or our loss to Mount, doesn't define our season."— RMU Men's Basketball (@RMUMBasketball) March 22, 2014
It was great team win for the Bruins, as three of their five starters scored at least 17 points on the game.
Belmont will move on to the quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of No. 2 Illinois and No. 3 Clemson.
Updated NIT Bracket
Question for @WarrenBuffett- What if I have a perfect NIT bracket?— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) March 20, 2014
The complete NIT bracket can be found on CBSSports.com.
Second-Round Day 2 Schedule
Matchup: No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 3 Louisiana Tech
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
Saturday's matchup will be wildly entertaining.
Both Georgia and Louisiana Tech just barely missed out on the NCAA tournament and immediately figured to be huge factors in the NIT.
SEC 4-0 in NIT and Tennessee wins NCAA play in game. Hogs go to Cal, LSU to SMU, Mizzou hosts So Miss and Georgia hosts La. Tech.— Wally Hall (@WallyLikeItIs) March 20, 2014
Georgia focuses mainly on its defense to get the job done. It defeated Vermont in Round 1 by a score of 63-56, as the Catamounts couldn't find enough firepower to keep up with Charles Mann and Co.
Mann was stellar during this contest, connecting on eight of his 11 attempts from the field, including making 12 of 13 free throws, for 29 points.
He figures to be the center of attention for Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Louisiana Tech is a more offensive-minded team, ranking 15th in the nation while averaging 81.0 points per game.
Double Dawg showdown: Georgia knows it will need to have its running shoes on when Louisiana Tech comes to Ath... http://t.co/EjOLjgkQEt— UGASports.com (@UGASportscom) March 22, 2014
This offense carried it to a slim 89-88 victory over Iona in Round 1 of the NIT.
Louisiana Tech doesn't have much defense to speak of, but it is extremely deep on offense. Upon the conclusion of the team's win over Iona, six different players scored double-digit points for Louisiana Tech.
That amount of offensive versatility makes Louisiana Tech very difficult to defend.
Saturday's matchup pits that stout Georgia defense against an explosive Louisiana Tech offense. These teams are extremely different from each other, which puts this game into the category of must-see TV.